“I’m trying to be more minimalist and monochrome in my style. At the moment, I’m really into athleisure and a sporty luxe vibe!”
I remember vividly the first time I saw Amanda two years ago. She was in a white shirt, green skirt and heels – tottering around the ground floor of the office as she tried to find the right elevator. She was hard to miss – a coltish figure with curls down her back and large Bambi-like eyes. She was incredibly striking, but what charmed me the most about her was her personality. She reminded me of champagne – bright, bubbly and happy!
She was always impeccably dressed, and so I wanted to catch Amanda to tell us about her sense of style and where she draws her inspirations from.
“I draw a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Youtube. Sophia Chang from Fashionista 804 has a really edgy kind of style. She mixes a lot of sporty items with a lot of monochrome. Another one of my biggest fashion inspirations is Rumi Neely from fashiontoast. She has a lot more of an effortless chic vibe, and she’s always in these muted, neutral tones that look so good on tanner skin. Her luxury clothing line: areyouami is way out of my price range for now, but it’s definitely on my wishlist!”
“I love drawing inspirations from Pinterest too, because it helps me to curate the style that I want. Right now, I’m trying to develop a little bit more of a signature look. Previously, I used to experiment more with my style, and never stuck with one look. But I’ve reached a point where I want to declutter my wardrobe and change the way I shop a little bit more. Previously when I shopped it was, whatever looks nice or whatever looks good on me but then my cupboard got filled up with statement pieces and I’d only wear it once or twice and I wouldn’t touch it anymore. I guess one of the reasons why I want to narrow down my style so my wardrobe can look a little bit more cohesive and I could have some key pieces that I could constantly wear and change up more instead of having so many statement pieces that you can’t wear all the time.”
I can completely relate to having a stuffed wardrobe. Despite me having de-cluttered my wardrobe loads of time, my cupboard is still constantly full. I’ve always wondered about where Amanda shopped, because she was the most pulled together, stylish 19-year old I had ever laid my eyes on. While she’s no longer 19, she’s now just more stylish.
“When I met you during my internship, I used to shop a lot at Topshop and Nasty Gal online. I love Missguided’s clothes. But right now, because I’m back to being a student and back to having a tight budget, I do a lot of online shopping! I just started shopping on Taobao, where every item was about 5-7 SGD. And I recently went to Bangkok and found quite a lot of pieces that I liked, with really cheap prices!”
Most girls who go shopping in Bangkok always head for the famous Platinum Mall or Chatuchak Market. Amanda found a different gem.
“I did go to Platinum Mall, but for some reason the fashion there wasn’t what I was looking for. But, I bought a lot of things at the Siam Night Market! There were so much nice stuff there! I also went to Union Mall, which is really great for shopping for the younger crowd!”
I ask Amanda how much she spends a month on clothes, given her extensive wardrobe. Her answer surprises me.
“On average, about a hundred to two hundred dollars! Some months I shop like crazy and some months I buy nothing at all.”
During the interview, Amanda was in the process of starting her own YouTube channel. I am so excited for her to start this, because I used to always bug her about becoming a blogger or vlogger. She definitely looks and dresses the part, and I would want to follow someone like her!
“I’m quite excited about this! Right now, I’m figuring out how to do it. Mainly I want it to be more of a makeup and fashion channel. There are a lot of Asian YouTubers doing it out there right now but not that many Singaporean YouTubers doing beauty and makeup. I’m also really tanned, so the way I do my makeup could be pretty different from other people doing it, and I’m hoping it can help other people. I’m creating my YouTube channel as a form of a creative outlet for me. It’s something I want to do for me. It’s not so much about being famous – I don’t know if I even could! I’m hoping to also do some singing, like covers, on the channel. I’m not sure if I want to start a vlog – my life is quite boring! Would people really be interested in my life? All I do is go to school, so I don’t know!”
Beauty is an obvious passion of Amanda, as her voice brightens when asked about her beauty routine.
“I don’t do very much in the mornings, because for the past two years it’s been all about waking up and rushing to class! I start by cleansing my face with Cetaphil, because it feels quite gentle on my skin. I also moisturize with Cetaphil, but sometimes I swap it up with a brand called Simple. Simple’s moisturizer is my favourite, and I’ve gone through 3 bottles of it! It absorbs really quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. If I have time, I do my makeup. I’ve started using Maybelline’s Clear Smooth White Superfresh lately. I mainly apply it on my T zone and under my eyes, chin and forehead, mainly to brighten the area. My face is uneven –some parts of my face are darker so it’s very hard to get the right shade for each part of my face. If I use a base, I use Illamasqua Hydra Veil which has a jelly like consistency and leaves my skin feeling very bouncy and hydrated, without feeling too oily. If I’m going for a more fresh, dewy-looking finish for my skin, I’ll mix a little bit of Hydra Veil with my foundation! On days when I want fuller coverage, I’ll bust out my Makeup Forever HD Foundation. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of this foundation as it gets my T Zone a little oily after a while. But it was one of the first higher end makeup products I ever bought, and I paid good money for it so you can bet I’m going to use it to the last drop!
Then I use Illamasqua Bronzing Powder Duo in Glint & Sonar. It’s a very pretty duo set that comes with a warm brown shade and a lighter peachy shade, and it has quite a bit of shimmer in the powder, so it gives my face a nice glow. I’m a big fan of cream highlighters, and Benefit’s Watt’s up Cream Highlighter gives me a natural ‘glow-from-within look’!
I’m always a little more creative with my brows, because I have pretty neat and full eyebrows already. I used to use my old bronzing powder to lightly fill in my brows, but when I ran out of it I decided to try using my old Maybelline Drama Gel Liner in Brown, and it worked surprisingly well! However, Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz is on my makeup wishlist!
Every time I do my makeup I do a wing liner. That’s my signature look. Whether I have any eyeshadow or not, I need to have a wing liner. I like it thin and long, not the chunky kind of wing liner. My eyes are really big and round so doing a wing liner helps give the appearance of almond shaped eyes. I’ve been using the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Pen for a really long time. It’s my holy grail product! It’s like using a normal gel liner but with a brush all-in-one. The product just comes from the tip! It requires a bit of practice but after a while it’s really easy to use!
To me, curling my lashes makes the biggest difference in how my makeup looks, and the Shu Uemura mini eyelash curler is the only curler that works for my stick-straight lashes and I highly recommend it! Because of it’s mini size, it gives me a lot more control, so I can do individual sections of my lashes more precisely. It also allows me to get to those difficult spots near the inner corner of my eyes, which gives me a beautiful curl every time!
For mascara, I swear by L’Oreal Paris Butterfly! I love it so much! I don’t like mascaras that are too watery – especially waterproof mascaras can get really clumpy and take too long to dry, and if you blink it gets onto your lid. After a while it also weighs down your lashes. So I really like this because it doesn’t clump up and it separates my lashes really well. It makes me feel like I have so much thicker lashes when I use it. It still gives me volume and makes my lashes longer. I’ve tried a lot of the more expensive mascaras but they don’t seem to work on my lashes. I think it’s probably how my lashes are too – they’re quite long but they are very sparse so I need to fill them out.
“I LOVE lipsticks and I’m a big lipstick hoarder, but surprisingly I don’t wear bold red lips that often. I always end up wearing the same nude shades or I sometimes even go without lipstick. It’s such a waste though, because I buy so much lipstick but I hardly wear them! I mean, I would love to experiment with bolder lips more often, but it’s a bit awkward to wear it to school every day, as people will stare at me!”
“The 2 nude lip products that I rotate between almost everyday are the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm and the Coloupop Lippie Stix in Tootsi. I love matte lips and these 2 are perfect because they have a nice, velvety texture that is not drying on my lips at all!”
Amanda has really nice photos on Instagram, and I wonder who’s taking them for her.
“Recently, when I went to Australia – my dad took most of my photos! When I was in Bangkok it was my boyfriend. The reason why the photos are pretty nice are because of the camera – the Canon 6D. I think it’s just an amazing camera and it just really ups my Instagram game!”
My last question for Amanda is about her aspirations.
“I’m hoping I get to do something a little more freelance. If I ever get to be a social media influencer, that would be ideal. I love their life! You get to go for events and people sponsor you all the time – ok, it’s very materialistic! But you get to manage your own time, and post your own creative content. You’re basically your own boss, and I would think it’s pretty hard work since every day you have to put up your creative material. I would think I’d wake up happy doing this job. At least that’s my hope and my goal! My goal is to be a YouTuber and social media influencer. Whether I get to make money of it or not I don’t really care, but as long as I get to do it as a living I would be good.”
I’m rooting for Amanda, because I really think she’d be really great in the blogosphere. Check out Amanda’s Instagram here!
UPDATE! Amanda’s just created her very first Youtube tutorial, do check it out here!
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